ARTICLE X

AGRICULTURE, AGRARIAN REFORM, TRADE AND INDUSTRY, TOURISM AND COOPERATIVES

 

Section 114. Consistent with applicable laws, the Regional Government shall, as a basic policy, promote agrarian reform and sustainable agricultural development within the principles of social equity and poverty alleviation, food security and food sufficiency, global competitiveness, fair trade, rational use of resources and sustain ability.

  1. The Regional Government shall ensure that basic agricultural support services and infrastructure be accessible to the small and marginalized farmers and fisher folks. It shall likewise promote agribusiness and full employment based on a sound agricultural development and agrarian reform.

  2. The Regional Government shall put special emphasis on production towards self sufficiency of staple food commodities and shall at all times guarantee the availability, accessibility and affordability of safe food commodities.

  3. The Regional Government shall work on the improvement of the quality and value of raw and processed agri-based products as a means to enhance competitiveness of the agriculture and fisheries sectors in the domestic and global markets.

  4. The Regional Government shall formulate and implement measures to protect the farmers from unfair trade practices and unfair competition.

  5. The Regional Government shall ensure the equitable and rational distribution of public resources and investments in order to obtain the optimum returns on investments and to benefit a greater number of constituents.

  6. The Regional Government shall always consider the limited carrying capacity of the region's natural and agricultural resources in the development of agricultural and fisheries programs and interventions.

Section 115. The Regional Government shall give top priority to the conservation, protection, utilization and development of water resources for agriculture, fisheries development, domestic water supply and power development. It shall enact appropriate legislation which shall enhance, develop, conserve, and protect natural fishery resources especially on species endemic to the Cordillera

Section 116. The Regional Government shall recognize, promote, and protect the rights and welfare of fisher folks, their associations and cooperatives. The provinces and cities concerned shall support to subsistence fisher folk through adequate funds, appropriate technology and research, marketing assistance, and other support services like fishery processing facilities and access to credit

Section 117. Towards the development of healthy, and environmentally sound, humane and just communities, the Regional Government shall:

  1. Pursue a multidisciplinary research, development and extension activities to produce and promote technologies and invent machinery and facilities, that will be used to improve productivity and product quality, reduce cost of production, enhance value-addition and improve processing, and enhance abilities to protect the environment and agricultural resources.

  2. Initiate, encourage and give highest priority support to small and medium agribusiness enterprises and industries with linkages to agriculture. It shall ensure the allocation of adequate public investments to establish adequate support agricultural infrastructure and facilities to sustain such ventures.

  3. Formulate and implement product standards and regulatory rules that will ensure the production, processing, distribution and marketing of safe and globally-competitive products, and simultaneously promote environmental conservation.

  4. Ensure that all sectors involved in the production, processing and marketing of food and non-food products shall strictly adhere to appropriate existing laws and regulations on the proper utilization and disposal of synthetic and chemical inputs and materials, and industrial and toxic wastes. Relative to this, the Regional Government shall pursue and encourage organic methods of agriculture.

Section 118. To promote investments and employment and to prevent flight of capital and labor from the region, the Regional Government shall adopt measures:

  1. Against monopolies, cartels and unfair competition in public utilities, development, trading and similar concerns. It may, in the interest of regional welfare and security, establish and operate pioneering public utilities. Upon payment of just compensation, it may transfer the ownership of such utilities to cooperatives or other collective organizations.

  2. To initiate, encourage and support industrialization in the region, taking into account the culture and capabilities of the people of the area to control or manage their resources, the ecological needs of the area and the protection, conservation and development of resources.

Section 119. Consistent with the preservation of cultural heritage and the protection of ecology, the Regional Government shall promote eco-cultural tourism within the region. Sites with historical, scientific, cultural significance including natural and man-made landmarks and scenic vistas shall likewise be preserved, maintained and protected.

Section 120. The Regional Government shall encourage, promote and support the establishment and development of economic zones, industrial and trade centers, and airports, in strategic areas and growth centers in the region, including the necessary support infrastructure in accordance with land use and other environmental considerations.

Section 121. The Regional Government shall, in coordination with the local government units, encourage investments, development, marketing and exportation of indigenous and other local products in accordance with its development goals and priorities.

Section 122. The Regional Government shall promote cooperatives registered with the Cooperative Development Authority as tools for economic development, social justice, and people empowerment to initiate policies and develop mechanisms to enjoin the participation of the banking sector and financial institutions in the delivery of credit assistance for the establishment and building of rural enterprises and small-medium enterprises (SMEs).